This blog is devoted to the band The Really Good Pot Roast.
The Really Good Pot Roast - Jolene (Dolly Parton Cover)
QUESTION: What does a band do after just finishing recording and mixing an album?
ANSWER: Record a cover of Jolene in 24 hours.
Much like Mark’s cover of ‘…Hit Me Baby One More Time’, this track just kind of snuck up on us, and we ran with it. Let me take you through the last 24 hours of this recording’s short life:
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Tuesday, 8:30pm - Text Exchange
ROB: For some reason I started recording a cover of Jolene.
MARK: Yes. Yes. Do it. That might have to go on the blog.
MARK: Please do it.
ROB: Let’s see what happens with it. I might tag you in for backing and fills and such.
MARK: Okay. I’m excited by this.
Tuesday, 8:50pm - Text Exchange
ROB: I sent you what I accomplished tonight.
MARK: I got it. I’ll download it tonight and play around.
Wednesday, 12:30am - Email
MARK: Okay, so I put some work in here. […] If you wanted to go Mumford and Sons on this, I missed it completely, and we can just scrap this. If not, read on. […detailed rambling of parts recorded…] She’s a jaunty tune at a spirited 2:30. The ball is in your court now.
Wednesday, 1:15pm - Text Exchange
ROB: Listened to Jolene before I left the house. I like what you did I might add some more guitar fills, but that’s it.
MARK: Cool. I’m glad.
Wednesday, 6:45pm-7:45pm - Email
ROB: […more detailed ramblings of parts recorded, mixing…] Getting the balance on the mix was a bit rough, but I think we’re in a good place now.
MARK: Awesome. I’m good with this. Want to post it?
ROB: I’m giving you the honor of the post. I’m not sure I could explain what just happened. Or why.
What happened here is that we relaxed after recording an album by recording a 70’s punk-esque cover. Why is because why the hell not?
Mixed Signals, the new album by The Really Good Pot Roast, out on May 19th on Bandcamp.com for pay-what-you-want.
Yes, this is a musical version of my Medically-Correct Nursery Rhyme: 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed.
Yes, this is another collaboration/production by the ever-creative never-predictable always-talented band The Really Good Pot Roast.
And yes, that is Mrs. Cranquis and I making monkey noises like a pair of gibbering idiots (literally having to keep from awaking Baby Cranquis as we howl with laughter around the computer microphone in the dark of the night — I had to refrain from going full-on howler-monkey, for that very reason.)
This whole thing is full of YES. So enjoy.
Yes. This happened.
And yes. It’s awesome.
Call Child Protective Services.
Mark Dabney - Designed Mistake (Track from NEW THING)
Designed Mistake was the first solo song I wrote this past FAWM, and it’s the reason I put this album together. Looking at a month of songwriting in the days before FAWM started, I wasn’t sure how I’d approach it, what style, what sound, what direction I wanted to go. Then February 1st, I wrote this.
Rob and I have had discussions about what tracks to post here as previews for the album. We originally crossed this one off the list because an early version had been posted here before. But this song solidified the direction I wanted to go for an album. It’s direction and sound is why NEW THING is happening.
I hope you enjoy it.
New Thing, coming May 15th
This album’s anniversary is coming.